Everything you need know about bringing cats and dogs to Australia is available on this website. The information is kept up-to-date. Please read this information before sending us an email. Future correspondence may incur charges in addition to the permit application and assessment fee.
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Which countries can I import my cat or dog from?
Go to the Bringing Cats and Dogs to Australia page and select the country your cat or dog will be exported from. If the country you have selected is an ‘approved’ country, this will allow you to view the Information Package detailing the import requirements your pet will need to meet to be eligible to come to (or return to) Australia.
It is essential that you read this information before completing the Application to Import Cats and Dogs. Also see our information on How to Complete the Application to Import Cats and Dogs.
Are there exceptions for disability assistance dogs?
Disability assistance dogs still need to meet import conditions. Please see the Disability Assistance Dogs page for more information or telephone the Live Animal Imports Program on (02) 6272 4454.
My pet is healthy and does not go out of the house/backyard. Does he/she still need to be quarantined?
Regardless of their apparent health or living circumstances all* cats and dogs must spend a minimum of 30 days in a government quarantine station upon arrival in Australia.
*Except for cats and dogs exported from Norfolk Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and New Zealand.
Where are the government quarantine stations?
There are three in Australia: Eastern Creek, Sydney; Spotswood, Melbourne; and Byford, Perth.
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